STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -Penn State defensive end Jerome Hayes is out for the year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The injury occurred while Hayes was covering a punt return in the fourth quarter of No. 17 Penn State's 45-14 win Saturday over Oregon State. The junior had made his first career start.
The diagnosis Sunday from the team doctor confirmed the Nittany Lions' worst fears. Hayes is scheduled to undergo surgery in the next couple weeks, followed by nine months of rehabilitation.
Hayes suffered the same injury to his right knee last season.
It's the latest blow for a Penn State defensive line unit that has been thinned by injuries and suspensions.

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